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This is a compaitibility guide to running Linux with the Asus K42Jc laptop.
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For full specifications see the Asus K42Jc specifications page.
|Processor||Intel® Core™ i5 Processor 540M/520M/430M : 2.53 GHz - 2.26 GHz, with Turbo Boost up to 3.06/2.93/2.53 GHz;
Intel® Core™ i3 Processor 350M/330M : 2.6 GHz - 2.13 GHz,
|Screen||14” (1366×768) Widescreen|
|RAM||Up to 8GB|
|HDD||250GB to 640GB|
|Graphics||NVIDIA® GeForce® 310M|
|Graphics||Partial||See the notes section for details.|
|Card Reader||Not Tested|
This laptop was tested with Ubuntu 10.04. Everything work very well out of the box except for the graphics component.
The K42Jc includes the switchable graphics feature so has both an Intel and a NVIDIA graphics chip inside. Unfortunately Linux does not support such a configuration at this stage which means you are forced to use only the Intel graphics.
Do not install the proprietary NVIDIA drivers, doing so will cause the system to boot with just a blank screen visible. Even pressing CTRL-ALT-F1 etc. doesn't bring up a display, however the system still functions as you can press CTRL-ALT-DEL to reboot the computer.
The switchable graphics is a problem with the Asus K42Jc as it stops you from using the NVIDIA component. Work is being done to support this which may be made available in Ubuntu 10.10 but we will have to wait and see on that. Other than that this laptop worked well with Ubuntu 10.04, everything else worked out of the box.